We recently posted a piece on the case of Marcin Pielorz, a Bedford-based man convicted of raping a woman even though a DNA test showed no presence of sperm in or on the woman, and he denied that sexual intercourse took place.
We have no idea whether the woman in the case sought, or received, financial compensation for her alleged rape. But there can be no doubt that some women respond to financial incentives by making false rape allegations, often sending innocent men to prison in the process. We turn firstly to a document published by “Rights of Women”, A Guide to Criminal Injuries Compensation. From the second page, in response to the question, “Who is eligible to apply for criminal injuries compensation?”:
You must have reported what happened to the police. It does not matter whether or not the perpetrator is identified or convicted. [J4MB emphasis] What matters for the purposes of compensation is reporting what happened.
On the third page:
Victims of sexual assault
If you have been the victim of a sexual offence (including rape) then you do not need to show evidence of a diagnosed mental or physical injury to get compensation because the fact that you have experienced the crime is seen as an injury in itself. [J4MB emphasis: A woman need only claim a rape has taken place, for the claim to be considered true.] Therefore, you should be eligible to receive a set award and the amount you receive will be according to the type of sexual offence you have experienced, as set out in the Scheme. If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition or received a physical injury as a result of what happened, you may be able to receive a sum in addition to compensation for the offence in itself.
So, how much compensation might a woman expect if she alleges she’s been raped? We turn to the website of one of a number of firms offering “no win, no fee” services. From the section, “How to clame compensation for rape”:
Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that in 2016 there had been an increase of 37% in rape and sexual assault crime compared to the previous year and there has in fact been an upward trend since 2012, mostly due to better reporting which at least is a positive. Rape is a persistent problem in the UK and many find that the policies in place for investigating rape as well as looking after the victims of rape are often inadequate.
Under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) 2012, you may be entitled to rape victim compensation if you have been a victim of rape. You can make a rape victim claim for both physical and psychological damage caused by the rape, as well as any financial loss that you may have suffered as a result of medical fees, rehabilitation fees, loss of income and other expenses which occurred as a result of the rape.
Towards the end of the web page we find this:
How much compensation can I expect to receive following a rape?
It’s very tricky to put an exact figure on how much compensation you will be entitled to without looking at the specific details of your case. However there is a tariff issued by CICA [Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority] which will give you an idea how much you may be eligible for according to your injuries. You can use this guide as a sort of rape victim compensation calculator but do be aware that when it comes to victim compensation UK, there may be a variety of factors that influence the victim support compensation amounts awarded.
The table under the above text indicates that a person making an allegation of rape – remember, no alleged rapist needs to have been identified or convicted – can expect compensation for being the victim of a crime that may never have happened, of between £11,000 and £44,000, and a further £3,000 – £88,000 for psychological harm. The range of compensation available for being a victim of rape – or even just alleging to have been one – lies between £11,000 and £132,000. Most of the money will come from male taxpayers, who pay almost three-quarters of the income tax collected in the UK.
We should not be surprised by William Collins’s estimate (in his book The Empathy Gap: Male Disadvantages and the Mechanisms of Their Neglect) that 77% of rape allegations made to the police in the UK are FALSE.
We refer readers to Janet Bloomfield’s 2014 article, 13 reasons women lie about rape. The article should be amended to include a fourteenth reason women lie about rape – considerable financial gain.
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